CLEVELAND (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request for a third trial for a man twice convicted of killing a woman and eight children in Cleveland’s deadliest arson fire.
The judge on Thursday also denied a motion that the arson charge be dismissed. The defendant, 30-year-old Antun Lewis, is scheduled for sentencing Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
Defense attorney Timothy Ivey says he’s disappointed in Judge Solomon Oliver’s decision. He says Lewis maintains his innocence and has passed two lie-detector tests.
Lewis’ conviction in the first trial was dismissed after Oliver ruled jailhouse informants used by prosecutors were unreliable.
Lewis was deemed ineligible for the death penalty because of a mental disability.
The 2005 fire killed a woman, four of her children and four youngsters attending a birthday sleepover.